Barnard Startups


Exhale to Inhale (ETI), created by Zoe LePage ('13), empowers those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to transform their lives. ETI uses the healing practice of trauma informed yoga to empower survivors, while helping communities to develop skills and knowledge to support them. What began as a  project for the Athena Scholars program has impacted over 1000 survivors of domestic violence to date. 




Sisters Ariella Salimpour ('17) and Gabriella Salimpour ('20) created thumbroll as a platform to bring best practices to students of medicine worldwide. thumbroll provides visual tutorials for various medical procedures that can be viewed at the user's own pace by 'rolling' through the content step-by-step. In teaching medical procedures, a thumbroll captures the beginning, the end, and everything in-between. The better trained our healthcare professions, the better treated we will be as patients and the healthier our communities will be as a result. Download: iOS + Android is a blog and community created by Julie Zeilinger ('15) for young women who care about their rights and want to be heard. In this case the “F Bomb” stands for “feminist” and pokes fun at the idea that the term “feminist” is so stigmatized by proudly reclaiming the word. The main purpose of the fbomb is to create a community and dialogue amongst young women, and therefore the blog's content is entirely based on submissions from young women and men from all over the world. The FBomb has been featured in publications such as Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Glamour Magazine, Women's Day, More Magazine, Salon, BBC, Mother Jones, The Guardian and the Times of London.


Sweet Karma Ice Cream is an ice cream delivery service that brings home-made, organic ice cream straight to you, created by Elana Hubert BC ‘14.  Sweet Karma hopes to build a sense of campus-wide community by printing thoughts and ideas from the university student body on the mason jars that the ice cream is delivered in.  It has been featured in the Columbia Culinary Magazine and Her Campus Barnard.


TappMob is one of the largest college-student run companies in the country. We provide simple, intuitive apps for college students to use. We are inspired by the talent of our peers and thrive off the new ideas and fresh perspective available on college campuses. You can find us at ColumbiaBarnardUPenn & Stanford. In a world cluttered with overly complex apps, we believe apps should be simple, logical and serve a distinct purpose. Apps should eliminate clutter in your life, allowing you to concentrate on what you care about most. Our testing network at 20+ campuses across the country helps our apps solve specific student painpoints.



Wear It: Don't Bear It  is a jewelry line that promotes gun control conceptualized in a fashionable way, created by Toby Milstein, BC '14. Its mission is to provide aid to victims and families coping with loss in the aftermath of tragedies. All profits of WIDBI will be given to Sandy Hook Promise, and other non-profits which offer support to grief-stricken families attempting to rebuild their lives after the loss of a family member.


Self-esteem is a muscle. WeStopHate provides young people the exercises to strengthen it. Founded in 2010 by Emily-Anne Rigal, BC '16, at age 16, WeStopHate believes that self-esteem is the key to combating bullying. Within 8 months of posting the first WeStopHate video to YouTube, WeStopHate's YouTube channel ( was ranked as one of the Top 30 Most Subscribed YouTube Non-profit Channels of all time.



Young City Coalition works to bring together students and young professionals involved or interested in urbanism. Through meet-ups and an old-school online list-serve, YCC seeks to connect young, like-minded individuals into an integrated cohort. We just figure, as the rising generation of urbanists, we'd all be better off knowing each other. We believe in inclusivity and eclecticism. So no dues, no dress codes. What binds the Coalition is a shared excitement for the City and a belief in its possibilities. We now have 65 members including students from Hunter, NYU, Columbia, Pratt, and the New School and professionals from the MTA, the EDC, HPD, the Center for an Urban Future, City Atlas, Untapped Cities, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Urban Omnibus, CIVITAS, Neighborhood Preservation Center and many more.